Heather van de Kraats, CPA (CA)
Extensive Experience leading successful system implementations/upgrades with a strong focus on quality as part of a cross-functional, multi-national team. (Agile/Waterfall).
Self -motivated team player with a focus on continuous process improvement and automation.
Emphasis on employee engagement and talent development.
Strong leadership and organizational skills.
Significant strengths include accountability and analytical ability.
Sep 2015 – John Deere Financial
Jan 2019 Oakville, Ontario
Manager, Project Accounting
Collaborated with business and IT partners to define critical project deliverables, timelines, and resource requirements for finance systems initiatives.
Responsible to define and develop accounting requirements to satisfy the needs of the accounting department while supporting business requirements.
Led a team of project accountants responsible for execution of project deliverables using the scaled agile process with a focus on quality, innovation, and process improvement.
Monitored ongoing project/program status and maintained communication with business partners or stakeholders regarding the status.
Established new and/or improved processes in order to deliver successful projects and lead others in adhering to existing processes.
Ensured project quality by adhering to standards in development, testing, and quality methodologies assuring integration with other systems.
Hired, retained, and engaged staff through effective coaching and mentoring.
Aug 1995 – John Deere Financial
Sep 2015 Oakville, Ontario
Manager, Loan Lease Administration,
Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis,
Provided supervision and career development up to 10 staff members responsible for the following functions with respect to the portfolio system:
Testing/Implementing of new systems, upgrades, and enhancements.
Performed complex account reconciliations.
Liaised with IT on behalf of accounting and the business to resolve issues.
Provided training to business and accounting for upgrades or enhancements.
Recorded complex transactions, adjusting journal entries and dispositions.
Heather van de Kraats, CPA (CA)
Managed staff responsible for budgeting, forecasting and internal reporting.
Reviewed/Prepared monthly, quarterly and annual reports/exhibits.
Developed, implemented and provided guidance on accounting policies and procedures.
Participated in Quarterly Sox internal control reviews and provided evidence of compliance with key controls.
Responsible for the month-end close process ensuring timely and accurate financial reporting.
Responsible for review of external financial statements.
Reviewed monthly reporting/remittance advice for asset back securitizations.
Supervised staff responsible for accounts payable and general ledger.
Jun 1990 – Deloitte & Touche
Aug 1995 Hamilton, Ontario
Responsible for planning, budgeting, and coordinating audit engagements for both private and public companies in a variety of industries including but not limited to manufacturing, financial, and non-profit.
Supervised up to four audit staff and ensured effective coordination of all members of the engagement team.
Developed efficiencies and increased profitability of engagements by reducing hours necessary to complete required tasks.
Commitment to client satisfaction and providing value added service including identifying potential operational improvements as well as improvements in accounting methods and internal control systems.
Experience with SAP, Hyperion (Essbase), Walker General Ledger and InfoLease
Rated above average in most recent 360 leadership assessment
Proficient in Excel, Word, and other Microsoft Windows applications
Solid knowledge of IFRS, Canadian, and US GAAP
2018 Completed SAP Smart Accounting for Financial Instruments Training
2017 Certified Scaled Agile – SAFe Product Manager/Product Owner Training
2016 Completed Leading Virtual and Remote Teams – American Management Association
2006 Completed the International Qualification Exam to be eligible for US CPA designation
1993 Passed Uniform Final Examination 1992, CA designation 1993
1989 Obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University